Stoyan Yankulov - Stundji talks about the rock band "Intelligent Music Project" and the song "Intention"
What happens when you take a Eurovision veteran drummer, an 'X-Factor' winner, a Chilean rocker, and wrap it all up with a driving beat and a positive message? Well, it’s the Intelligent Music Project and their song 'Intention', of course!
Italy’s success with rock ‘n roll at the most recent edition of Eurovision is clearly having knock-on effects. On Thursday Bulgaria revealed that "Intelligent Music Project "— a rock supergroup — will sing the song “Intention” at Eurovision 2022 in Torino. Rock legend Ronnie Romero will front the group.
The Intelligent Music Project is an “international rock collaboration” and was founded by the Bulgarian businessman, philanthropist and arts patron Dr Milen Vrabevski. While the group is a Bulgarian rock band, they frequently collaborate with ’80s rock icons from around the world.
The project has included collaborations with musicians such as Simon Phillips (Toto), John Lawton (Uriah Heep), John Payne (Asia), Carl Sentance (Nazareth), Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, Black Sabbath) and Todd Sucherman (Styx).
For Eurovision 2022, the group will feature a series of well-known stars — most notably Ronnie Romero of heavy metal group Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow.
Ronnie is a 40-year-old singer from Chile. He’s also been the lead singer of rock bands including Lords of Black, The Ferrymen, Michael Schenker Group and Sunstorm. He’s lived in Madrid since 2009.
Eurofans will most definitely know Intelligent Music Project’s drummer Stoyan Yankulov. He famously took Bulgaria to fifth place at Eurovision 2007 alongside Elitsa with the song “Voda” (Water). In 2013 the duo returned to Eurovision, but sadly their entry “Samo Shampioni” (Only Champions) failed to make the final in Malmö.
Other members in IMP are: X-Factor Bulgaria winner Slavin Slavchev, Bisser Ivanov, Ivo Stefanov and Dimiter Sirakov.
Ronnie puts it this way:
Intelligent Music Project was created as a Bulgarian band, but the creator of the project started bringing in musicians from all over the world. I’m from Chile, I’ve lived in Spain and Romania, and now I’m in Bulgaria…I’m like the spirit of the EU! For us, it’s something pretty normal and natural.
One notable name on the band’s roster is v, who Eurovision fans might remember from his previous songs at the competition, 2007’s Water and 2013’s Samo Shampioni, both alongside vocalist Elitsa Todorova. According to Stoyan Yankulov , Eurovision is evolving and changing, but it is always welcoming.
I’m so happy! I’m just an ordinary drummer in this fascinating band, and I’m so surprised and excited, since Eurovision keeps growing every year. There’s new music, new styles, new singers, and it’s great inspiration! It’s a traditional song contest, but it’s not just staying in one place. It’s getting better every year. I feel very comfortable at Eurovision…who knows, maybe I’ll come alone next time, just me and my drums!